Mount Olympus Trail

Mount Olympus Wilderness Area, Utah

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain5,004ft
Trailhead Elevation4,806ft
Top8,983ft
Elevation Min/Max4806/8983ft
Elevation Start/End4806/4806ft

Mount Olympus Trail

Mount Olympus Trail is a hiking trail in Holladay, Utah. It is within Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 4,806 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,004 feet. The Mount Olympus Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Mount Olympus (elevation 8,993 feet).

Mount Olympus Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Olympus, the peak for which the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area was named, forms a very prominent part of the Murray skyline, and it has been a favorite hike of the nearby residents for almost as long as Murray has been a city. It is not unusual on weekends to see fifty hikers relaxing together on the rocky summit.

The climb described here leads to the south summit of Mount Olympus, but there is also a north summit. The two are about 300 yards apart, separated by the upper reaches of Tolcats Canyon. The south summit is higher than the north summit by 67 feet. It is also the only one with a good trail leading to it, and the one most frequently visited by hikers. The north face of the north summit, however, is a favorite among more serious mountain climbers. Although it looks foreboding, there is actually a route up the north face which requires little or no technical rock climbing skill."

"Greek mythology identifies Olympus as the home of immortals such as Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, and Aphrodite: thunder, marriage, fire, and sex. A tall order for a wilderness area. There’s another Mount Olympus in Greece, where the hike to the peak begins near a topless beach. As far as I know, the citizens of Salt Lake City do not condone topless females, but when we hiked the area, topless males were out in force.

Mount Olympus rises to 9,026 feet and Mount Raymond is 10,241 feet. Just outside the wilderness boundary, the highest nearby peak, Gobblers Knob (10,246 feet), is home to a helicopter-skiing enterprise. This trail guide includes descriptions of Mount Olympus South Summit, and Big Water Trailhead to Butler Fork Trailhead."

"Mount Olympus can have some great ski-mountaineering, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Alpine climbing skills, steep skiing prowess, and an appetite for adventure (aka suffering and risk) are required.

One can find consistent corn and avalanche-bed surfaces here during stable springlike weather patterns in February and March, especially in big snow years. There needs to be decent coverage at lower altitudes and low avalanche hazard. Expect some bushwhacking and down-hiking on all routes."

"Mount Olympus is the best-known and most recognizable peak on Salt Lake City’s eastern skyline. Geologically, it’s a mammoth anticline of purple quartzite slabs jutting out nearly a mile above the valley floor. Physically, it’s a steep, demanding trail capped by a Class 3 scramble to the rocky summit, where exceptional views await."

Mount Olympus Trail Reviews

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5/28/2012
I would never have imagined that I would be hiking this trail through the snow at the end of May. It was a nice trail though and I would consider going again and bringing my family along. (We went up with the scouts today.) If you plan on hiking this trail make sure that you start around 7:30 or 8:00. As we were coming back down the trail it became extremely crowded.
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9/10/2009
It was a tough hike, I did in with my arm in a sling so I guess it was a bit harder than usual. It gets real steep in many parts, had a hard time on the way down, when you get to the saddle there are some good views looking off the side of the canyon, the last part of the scramble was not too bad, excellent views at the top, almost stepped on a rattle snake though so be careful, i would not recommend doing this hike with dogs, I have taken mine a little of the way up but the top part is too exposed for them
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8/9/2009
The mud hole was swarming with mosquitoes and I was bombarded by mountain bikes racing down the trail...I was even there on an odd numbered day.
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7/11/2009
WOW! This hike was one of the best I have ever been on. Great trail with friendly people along the way ... make sure you go on an odd numbered day so that you don't have to deal with bikers.
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7/19/2006
Fun hike for my husband's 40th birthday. Very steep and narrow in parts. Very exposed to the sun. Glad to make the top.
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6/17/2006
Did this hike as an overnighter. The trail guide says that virtually the only flat spot on this hike is at the saddle near the peak. We found this to be true. Very few people do this hike as an overnighter, so expect solitude at the campsite. However, it seems that everybody and their dog is on the trail on Saturday or Sunday, so do not expect solitude on the weekend on this trail. First thing in the morning we spotted mountain goats up near the summit. Great views from the top! As mentioned in another report, this trail is steep. With trails like this, you don't need to be climbing a stairmaster... Hit the trail!
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6/7/2003
Steep, STeep, STEEP! Trail guides say the hike is 3.2 miles each way, but it will feel much longer than that distance. Make sure to take plenty of water and well broken in shoes. This trail punished my thighs on the ascent and my feet on the steep descent. However I really enjoyed the views near/at the top and the fun scrambling section up the last 400 vertical feet. Best to do this hike on a cool day, because you will be exposed to the sun for a good portion of the trip.
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Trail Information

Mount Olympus Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mount Olympus Wilderness Area
Parks
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, (801) 943-1794 Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019, ext. 1; Dawn Patrol, ext. 8 Utah Mountain Adventures (ski guiding and avalanche education), (801) 550-3986 Wasatch Powderbird Guides, (801) 742-2800
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Sugar House; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Map 1; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018